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Acts 12 (Lexham English Bible)

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Herod Kills James and Imprisons Peter

1 Now at that time, Herod the king laid hands on some of those from the church to harm [them].a 2 So he executed James the brother of John with a sword. 3 And [when he]b saw that it was pleasing to the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. ({Now this was during the feast}c of Unleavened Bread.) 4 [After he]d had arrested {him},e he also put [him]f in prison, handing [him]g over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him {out for public trial}h after the Passover. 5 Thus Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer was fervently being made to God by the church for him.

Peter Rescued by an Angel

6 Now when Herod was about to bring him [out], on that [very] night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards before the door were watching the prison. 7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood near [him],i and a light shone in the prison cell. And striking Peter's side, he woke him up, saying, "Get up {quickly}!"j And his chains fell off of [his]k hands. 8 And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and put on your sandals!" And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me!" 9 And he went out [and]l was following [him].m And he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but was thinking [he] was seeing a vision. 10 And [after they]n had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened for them by itself, and they went out [and]o went forward [along] one narrow street, and at once the angel departed from him. 11 And [when]p Peter came to himself, he said, "Now I know truly that the Lord has sent out his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and all {that the Jewish people expected}!"q 12 And [when he]r realized [this],s he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John (who is also called Mark), where many [people] were gathered together and were praying. 13 And [when]t he knocked at the door of the gateway, a female slave {named}u Rhoda came up to answer. 14 And recognizing Peter's voice, because of [her]v joy she did not open the gate, but ran in [and]w announced [that] Peter was standing at the gate. 15 But they said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insistingx it was so. And they kept saying,y "It is his angel!" 16 But Peter was continuing to knock, and [when they]z opened [the door]aa they saw him and were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with [his]bb hand to be silent, he related to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Report these [things] to James and to the brothers," and he departed [and]cc went to another place. 18 Now [when]dd day came, there was not a little commotion among the soldiers [as to] what then had become of Peter. 19 And [when]ee Herod had searched for him and did not find [him],ff he questioned the guards [and]gg ordered [that they] be led away to execution. And he came down from Judea to Caesarea [and]hh stayed [there].

Herod’s Gruesome Death

20 Now he was very angry with the Tyrians and Sidonians. So they came to him with one purpose, and [after]ii persuading Blastus, {the king's chamberlain},jj they asked for peace, because their country was supported with food from the king's country. 21 So on an appointed day Herod, [after]kk putting on royal clothing and sitting down on the judgment seat, began to deliver a public address to them. 22 But the people began to call out loudly,ll "The voice of a god and not of a man!" 23 And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down {because}mm he did not give the glory to God. And he was eaten by worms [and]nn died. 24 But the word of God kept on increasingoo and multiplying. 25 So Barnabas and Saul returned topp Jerusalem [when they]qq had completed [their]rr service, having taken along with [them]ss John (who is also called Mark).
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